Aaron M. Zook, Jr.

Aaron, an award-winning Christian author, enjoys writing great stories for his readers and fan base. His major focus is his Thunder and Lightning book series in which two teen boys and their talented canine sidekicks race headlong into adventure, mystery and intrigue.

Aaron is a full-time writer, serves on the praise and worship team at Summit Heights Fellowship, and serves as a volunteer for Officers’ Christian Fellowship. He is a certified Speaker, Personality Trainer, Praise and Worship Leader, and a retired U.S. Army Colonel.

Aaron has been married to his wife, Joyce, for more than 40 years. They live in Holly Lake Ranch, TX, and have two married sons and four grandchildren.


Education: BS in Mu Ed, The Pennsylvania State University (PSU)

MBA, Tarleton State University

Masters of Military Science, U.S. Army War College

Conflict Service: Kosovo Campaign; Operation Iraqi Freedom

Writing Career

Aaron’s fascination with writing began at a young age. Then, during his military service, Aaron told exciting adventure stories to his boys while traveling around Europe. Catastrophes, kidnappings, mysteries, hilarious antics, friends, and family intertwine in the Thunder and Lightning Series. Designed to include middle readers, young adults, and people of all ages, the series will ensure you enjoy finger-biting suspense in these terrific stories.

Published Works


The Crashin’ Coaster Mystery (c) 2019 by Aaron M. Zook, Jr., Bold Vision Books

The Isle of Intrigue (c) 2018 by Aaron Zook, Bold Vision Books

The Phantom of the Fortress (c) 2016 by Aaron Zook, Bold Vision Books

The Salt Mines Mystery (c) 2015 by Aaron Zook, Bold Vision Books

The Secrets of the Castle (c) 2012 by Aaron Zook, Bold Vision Books


Resolution, Refreshing Wind, Celebrate the Presence of God (c) 2013 by CLASSeminars, Inc., WinePress Publishing

His Resurgent Mercy, Echoes of Mercy, Resounding Evidence of God’s Grace (c) 2013 by CLASSeminars, Inc., WinePress Publishing

Capitulation, Transformed, Renewed and Changed by the Power of God (c) 2012 by CLASSeminars, Inc., WinePress Publishing

God’s In Charge; Enjoy the Ride, Out of the Overflow (c) 2011 by Linda Gilden, WinePress Publishing

Treasure Trip, The Journey (c) 2010, Litho Press

Passionate for God, Focus on the Family Clubhouse Magazine, July 2010

Music Ministry

Aaron has penned over 30 songs which he shares with those closest to him. He has led Praise and Worship since 1996 wherever he has been stationed. Aaron’s music ministry has involved couples, Protestant Women of the Chapel ministries, and Officer Christian Fellowship/Christian Military Fellowship events. Aaron was the Praise and Worship leader for the Protestant Chapel Next Contemporary Service at the Spirit of Fort Hood Warrior and Family Chapel from 2011-2015. Aaron’s wife, Joyce, has been an integral part in developing and performing for Lightwalker Ministries.

Musical Background

Guitarist and Vocalist since 1969

Baritone (5 years) The Pennsylvania State University Choir

Baritone with The Penn State Singers

President, The Pennsylvania State University Choir

Christian Service

Fort Hood Officers’ Christian Fellowship Coordinator and Bible study leader.

Praise and Worship Leader, Fort Hood from August 2011 to September 2015.

Field Staff Representative, Fort Hood and South Texas, Officers’ Christian Fellowship – July 2011 through May 2014.

European In-Country Coordinator for Officers’ Christian Fellowship

Music Minister at 1st Assemblies of God, Belton, TX

Praise and Worship Leader since 1996 at various Chapels in Europe and the United States

Licensed Southern Baptist Preacher

Music Teacher (K-6) for Christian Missionary Alliance Church in State College, PA.

Fun Facts

Loves to play guitar and sing

Has run the Berlin Half-Marathon, Indianapolis Half-Marathon, and the Hohenstaufen Lauf in Germany.

Favorite Castle: Neuschwanstein

Likes to eat hot pretzels sold in Salzburg, Austria.

Loves to take his wife on a date.

Favorite Color: Mandarin Orange

Likes to hike the Appalachian Trail

Favorite Fast Food: McDonald’s

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